Your skin is one of the most important parts of your body. It protects your internal organs from harmful elements like bacteria and viruses. However, it also needs proper care to stay healthy, follow our skin care tips.
Quick Jump Table
What is skin care?
Skin care is the range of practices that support skin integrity, including nutrition, avoidance of excessive sun exposure, and use of emollients; that enhance appearance such as the use of cosmetics, botulinum, exfoliation, fillers, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, peels, retinol therapy and that re-mediate skin breaks down and relieve skin conditions. Skin care is a routine daily procedure in many settings, such as skin that is too dry or too moist and prevention of incontinence-associated dermatitis and prevention of skin injuries. Skin care is a component in wound healing, neonates, the elderly, stomas, radiation treatment and some medications.
What are skin care basics?
Skin is one of the largest organs of the body. Because of this, caring for your skin can directly affect your overall health. Your skin acts as a protective shield and is most vulnerable to outside elements. It’s affected by more factors than you may think. For instance, the following can play a role in your overall skin health:
- exposure to UV radiation in tanning beds
- exposure to chemical toxins in tobacco
- unprotected sun exposure for long periods of time
- not getting enough rest, fluids, or nutrition
How to take care of your skin daily?
There are steps you can take to ensure you have healthy skin. They include:
- Cleanse regularly, typically twice daily.
- Apply a toner after cleansing if you have oily skin.
- Apply a moisturizer if you have dry skin.
- Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and brighten up your complexion.
Besides a daily skin care routine, make it a habit to examine your own skin for abnormalities, discolourations, or any other changes regularly. Have your skin examined by a doctor or dermatologist annually for any changes, or if:
- you have fair skin or many or large moles
- you are in the sun or use tanning beds
- you have a history of skin problems, irritations, or growths
It’s also important to protect your skin from too much sun and sun damage, which may increase wrinkles and lead to skin cancer. Cover your skin or use sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. See your doctor or dermatologist if any skin irritations or problems arise.
Pay attention towards skin care products
There are many products out there that are presented as a surefire way to turn back the clock, permanently melt away cellulite, reduce wrinkles, and more. Pay attention and do your research to decide whether a product is really necessary for the health of your skin or if it’s potentially harmful. Ask your doctor for advice, too.
“skincare” or “skin care”?
Both are correct depending on the context. When “skin care” is describing a skincare line, it becomes an adjective. The adjectival form becomes one word. Example:”I am trying a new skincare product.” However, if you are describing the act of taking care of your skin, it becomes a noun such as, “Nirvi is very meticulous about her skin care.”
What is the difference between dermatologists and skin specialists?
Dermatologists are physicians or doctors who identify, diagnose and treat diseases or disorders related to the skin, hair and nails. Skin specialist is just the other term for dermatologists. Dermatologists and skin specialists are the same. Both refer to doctors or physicians who have been trained to diagnose and treat diseases or disorders related to skin. Simply, a Dermatologist practices Dermatology. Many people confuse skin specialists with skin care specialists. Skin care specialists are people providing beauty treatments related to skin, hair and nails. A dermatologist is a more medical formal term used for a skin specialist.
Dos and don’ts for skin care
We try every new face wash, sunscreen, anti-ageing cream that hits the market. If dry skin and dead skin, oily skin and patchy skin weren’t enough, you now have combination skin! And we are ever so willing to try anything under the sun to get beautiful skin. But it is not an overnight miracle. The flawless, blemish and acne-free skin that you’ve always desired is no more a dream, but a reality. Here are some brilliant beauty tips for your face to get that glow you’ve always wanted. (NDTV)
11 Basic Skin care Tips with Do’s and Don’ts
Excited, happy or stressed, it’s your face that gives you away. Ever wondered how to get glowing skin? We’ve rounded up expert skin care tips for keeping blemishes at bay and enhancing your natural beauty. Whether you have time for intensive skin care, pamper yourself by acing these basics.
1. The Golden Rule
Do: Make sure you always (and we mean always) remove your makeup before hitting the sheets. The skin needs to breathe overnight. And makeup prevents that, as leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause blemishes and/or blackheads. Don’t possess a makeup remover? Just put some olive oil on a cotton pad and gently massage the oil onto your face to get rid of the makeup and dirt.
Don’t: Forget that exfoliation is indispensable. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to remove the layers of dead skin, sure to leave you with a more healthy glow and brighter skin. You can also apply a paste of walnut in powder form with yoghurt to exfoliate your skin, as the antioxidants present in walnuts help remove dirt and promote radiant skin.
2. Sun and Skin
Do: Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Since a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, protect your skin from the sun. Make sure the label reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or non-acnegenic so that the product does not block pores.
Don’t: Skip the sunscreen, whether it’s cloudy or cold outside (no excuses). If you’re heading to a beach or around reflective surfaces like snow or ice, lather your skin up with some more sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
3. You are What You Eat
Do: Keep a note of what you put on your plate. Eat fresh fruits, greens, sufficient protein and vitamins. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.
Don’t: Eat spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, fried food. Instead, favour blander foods such as rice, oatmeal and applesauce.
4. Sweat It Out!
Do: Exercise regularly. Running, jogging and yoga will give your body blood circulation, and also speed up the cleansing process of your entire body. You will notice a glow on your face after working out. Racing against time? Just take a brisk walk around the block.
Don’t: Skip skincare before and after a workout. Apply a toner to help minimize oil production before heading out. Exfoliate after, and then apply shea butter or olive oil to moisturize the skin.
5. Beauty Sleep
Do: Try to sleep at least 8 hours every night. If you don’t get enough shut-eye, your skin gets tired just like you – it sags and you get bags. So don’t risk it. You can also apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin.
Don’t: Forget to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed. For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. Apply lots of moisturizers and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively.
6. H2O to The Rescue
Do: Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of water daily, at least 8 glasses, if not more. Also, eats fruits and vegetables that have a high water content such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, strawberry, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Ayurvedic physician, Vasant Lad, recommends “drinking water from a blue-coloured bottle”, since it has a cooling effect.
Don’t: Ignore rose water. It helps prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning, maintains pH balance and naturally hydrates your skin if you spritz it on during the day.
7. Goodbye Acne
Do: Wash your face with warm water three times a day and gently massage your face in circular motions, ensuring that the cleanser contains alpha hydroxyl acid or beta hydroxyl acid. Face packs that contain Multani mitti (fuller’s earth) work really well too. After cleansing, pat dry and apply a lotion that contains benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide appears to be effective because of its antibacterial actions.
Don’t: Pop pimples because it can lead to more swelling, redness, and even scarring. Feel a pimple is on its way? Just clean the area with rose water, and place a chilled green tea bag for 10 minutes. Also, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.
8. Go Back to Your Roots
Do: Use Ayurvedic scrubs to nourish the skin and help it breathe better. Luckily for you, everything you need is already in your kitchen. 2 tbsp chickpea flour, ½ tsp turmeric powder, a pinch of camphor and sandalwood with some rose water/milk/water is your perfect skincare pack. Yes, the secrets of beauty lie in ancient Ayurveda.
Don’t: Neglect the basics. Just breathing right could rid you of spots and pimples. Sudarshan Kriya is a breathing technique that incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath that harmonizes the body, mind, and emotions. This helps to release accumulated stress, and each individual’s experience is different.
9. Spa Day Every day?
Do: Have a regular skin care regimen. For dry skin, use a fresh cherry mask. Apply the pulp of fresh cherries on your face before going to bed. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.
Don’t: Forget to pamper yourself. A gentle facial massage with oils could work wonders. Depending on your skin type, choose oils from mustard, coconut, almond or Kumkadi as they are excellent nourishing agents which help to get glowing skin. Better still, switch on some soothing instrumental music. After 20 minutes, what do you have? Beautiful skin and a relaxed you.
10. Healthy Habits
Do: Take out time for yourself, and try to avoid stress as much as possible. Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed, you break out more? This is because stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, making the skin more oily. Practice stress management techniques like breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. The more you meditate, the more you radiate.
Don’t: Neglect your jawline and facial muscles. For just 5 minutes a day, perform a few facial exercises. You can jut out your lower lip in such a way that wrinkles are created on the chin, then lower your chin to your chest. Another exercise that works wonders is to look up towards the ceiling and pout. It stretches out the muscles, making the skin more firm.
11. Your smile
You’re dressed to perfection, yet you need something to complete the look. Your smile! While we spend so much time and energy honing our bodies and looks, we forget to express our inner joy and happiness. “Keeping a smile on your face will help maintain the tone of your facial muscles and skin. People may say you look 10 years younger than you are!”
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